Last week was a bit of a mess. There are a few factors involved that I could point to, but lets talk about the elephant in the room: 1K+ was a mistake. As much as I hate to say it, this puts the last nail in the coffin for NaNoMineMo. It pains me to say that, because I know that has the potential to launch my writing career. “Guy writes entire novel in a month inside Minecraft Hardcore mode.” or some variant has viral potential if done right, and I would curate it to that end. But it’d kill me at the moment, and my mantra does kinda say “Don’t let this task destroy your health.”
Before I could even consider a project like NaNoMineMo though, I need to finish VOL. The question is though, how? I have two options, one which isn’t working for me, and one that goes against a fundamental rule for me. The former is write the last 3K now. The latter, is skip to editing it, then write the ending. I’ve spoken in the past about old – and lets be honest here, failed – writing mantras. The main one I talk about is “don’t get it right, get it written.” That’s because it’s become amalgamated into 1K by proxy. You get more words from new content than tweaking after all; the latter even reduces word count a lot of the time.
So here’s why I’m throwing all that out and skipping to editing: gut. It’s that simple, my gut tells me I should edit and weave in the exact ending I now want, with the pieces in place. As it stands, there is a realistic chance VOL would hit 100,000 words if I kept it as it is. It might be that this is the correct length, but it is a monumental 25K over my normal threashold. I guess I should mention back in 2012, my threshold was 35K, so it’s not like I haven’t moved the goalposts before. But for now, I’m going to focus on work, then on my break go through the manuscript with ruthless vigor. It’s time to cut some fluff.